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To the Editor: On Jan. 25, 2010, our community lost one of the founding fathers of the Humane Society of Goodhue County, Frank Bemis. In 1983, Bemis along with his wife, Dolores, and a few dedicated individuals saw a need for an animal rescue organization and they started what is now known as the Humane Society of Goodhue Count. In 1989 plans and then construction of a permanent shelter began under the direction of Bemis along with a generous donation from Virginia Lewellen (who passed away in 2000).
To the Editor: I attended the Red Wing City Council meeting Monday night. What an eye-opener. The Port Authority again was asking for a levy with a 10 percent increase. Thank goodness for the council people who commented on who gets a 10 percent increase in this economy. But it makes me wonder who gets hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to operate in the red, at the taxpayers' expense? If the Port has been in the red for the past 5-6 years, why would the city even consider another half-million dollars? Where does it end?
To the Editor: The Port Authority is currently $1 million in debt. In 2008 I approached the Port to pay this amount for the CRL property for my expanded winery. Unfortunately, the Port's unreasonable contract terms forced the negotiations to come to a halt. Otherwise, there would now be Minnesota's largest winery up and running for all of Red Wing citizens and thousands of tourists to enjoy. I would like to think these early negotiations helped to expose the weaknesses and harmful activities the Port has engaged in for years. We cannot change the past.
To the Editor: Thank you to the City Council for its vote on Monday to reject the levy increase to the Port Authority.
To the Editor: By now maybe you've seen the posters around the city asking you if you have remembered to "bring your own bag." If it sounds inconvenient to bring a bag into the store, please remember that approximately 150,000 sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals die each year from eating discarded bags mistaken for food. But also remember that you can help. All you have to do is bring a reusable bag into any retail store. They are available everywhere in every price.
To the Editor: Say what you want about the Metrodome. Maybe the seats didn't always face home plate, maybe the turf could be unforgiving to a player's knees, maybe the narrow concourses kept you unaware of the action while in the hot dog line. But one thing is for sure: When you bought a Twins tickets you knew there was no way your game could be canceled.
To the Editor: What a great article in the Wednesday Oct. 7 paper regarding the varsity football team and the efforts of Coach Matt Schultz to encourage team building, spirit and support of the other fall sports teams. It is heartwarming to see these kids out supporting each other in a fun and humorous manner. On Thursday night, I, along with three other families, had the opportunity and the privilege to host the high school varsity football team for a pre-game dinner in my home. Granted, I was somewhat nervous about hosting a large number of high school kids.
To the Editor: The Laramie Project - Ten Years Later an Epilogue will be presented this Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m at the Sheldon Theatre. This is a real honor for the Sheldon. The play is based on interviews with Laramie, Wyoming community members ten years after the murder of Matthew Shepard who was brutally attacked, beaten and tied to a fence, then left to die. The point is that this could be anywhere U.S.A. Indeed, it could be Red Wing, Minnesota. The cast and production staff do an incredible job.
To the Editor: On Sept. 30, some Red Wing High School students dressed and behaved in ways that offended some black students. Whether the students intended to offend or not, their actions did offend others. If any good can come out of their behavior, it can be a heightened awareness of the need to consider one's behavior from others' perspectives.
To the Editor: I encourage everyone to attend Saturday's production of "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later." I attended Monday night's show, and I was moved to tears by the portrayals of actual Laramie, Wyo., residents and the people involved with the murder of Matthew Shepard and the investigation of his death. Julie Martin has done a great job directing this wonderful cast. Laramie, as a city, shares many similarities with Red Wing, and its residents are the same down-to-earth folks we have here.